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By Larry Hodges | Dec. 06, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

Jakub Dyjas

Jakub Dyjas (POL) at the 2013 Junior World Championships

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Get the Back Foot Around when Stepping Around

When stepping around the backhand corner to play a forehand (usually a loop or smash), many players don’t get their back foot around enough. They end up with the back foot directly behind their front foot (relative to the table) or not even that far out. Besides making it awkward to go crosscourt, it means that your weight will be going in the wrong direction, pulling you out of position and slow in getting to the next shot. Get the back foot all the way around, so it is outside the front foot (i.e. to the left of the front foot if you are a right-hander). This will allow you to easily play to all parts of the table, put your full weight into the shot, and have your weight go in the right direction, leaving you in better position for the next shot.

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